From Encyklopedia Administracji Publicznej
SOCIAL COUNCILS – consultative and advisory bodies of the entity that created them. Creating s.c. may be obligatory or optional. S.c. have different character, different competences. Most often they are created on the basis of statutory provisions or ordinances of a competent public administration body, issued on the basis of statutory authorization (on the initiative of the authorities) or as a result of a bottom-up application of citizens. S.c. operates in accordance with the rules laid down in the statute and/or regulations specifying rules of appointment, composition, duration of the term of office and tasks, frequency of convening meetings, mode of work and adoption of resolutions. S.c. consist of officials, experts, representatives of non-governmental organisations and citizens – as a rule, these should be people who have knowledge or experience in the subject matter (scope of matters) of a given body’s activities. S.c. organise and initiate activities within the scope of the council’s work, discuss specific document projects. They can deal with a specific problem, for example concerning seniors, economic development or social dialogue. The catalogue of the most popular s.c. at the local level includes, among others: senior councils, youth councils, public benefit councils, alcohol problem solving commissions [ E. Szulc-Wałecka ].
Literature: Podręcznik zarządzania partycypacyjnego [Participatory management manual], Fundacja Inicjatyw Menadżerskich, Lublin 2013.